microsoft azure backup recovery

The Power of Backing Up in Azure

Data has never been more critical to your enterprise as it transforms in this digital world. Azure Backup helps you retain rapidly increasing amounts of data while keeping storage costs
Posted on April 19, 2019
azure cloud

Interested in a 212% ROI?

When you think about switching from running and housing your SQL Server on-premises to Azure, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the infrastructure maintenance savings. But what
Posted on April 16, 2019
Azure Cloud Security

Six Common Cybersecurity Mistakes You Can Fix Now

Cybercriminals are clever and on the lookout for vulnerable businesses. They exploit common mistakes and flaws to breach systems, then steal, disrupt, or hold businesses for ransom. But here’s the
Posted on April 15, 2019
Microsoft Azure

We get it. Change is scary!

We get it. Change is scary. If you’ve been running the same operating system for many years, a large-scale overhaul is understandably intimidating. However, with service ending for SQL and
Posted on April 12, 2019
Microsoft Products in Schools

Safe Technology for Schools

A hot topic ever present among educators is ensuring their students are prepared for life and the working world upon graduation, especially in the area of technology. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. High
Posted on April 10, 2019
Microsoft Azure

Move Forward Securely with Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

When thousands of hospitals, health systems, community practices, and pharmaceutical companies rely on your software to deliver smarter, more effective patient care, you had better make sure it’s secure and
Posted on April 9, 2019
Dynamics 365 | Office 365

Streamline Data Management and Turn Communication Challenges into Opportunities

After several acquisitions and quick growth from a small and nimble company to a much larger group of properties and brands, Red Lion Hotels Corporation needed to digitally transform.   Using Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams,
Posted on April 8, 2019
Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution

Azure Database Migration

The ability to innovate is what separates long-term successful businesses from the pack. However, a business can have all the game-changing innovative ideas in the world, but it won’t do them any good unless they are actually implemented. 
Posted on April 2, 2019

Drive secure and scalable business success with a modern data platform

If you really want to make a difference in your organization, you can start by modernizing your IT infrastructure. That’s what Kyle began with when he started to work for
Posted on April 1, 2019

Practical Power BI Dashboard Design In 60 Seconds

As one of the premier data visualization tools for the enterprise, Microsoft Power BI can become an indispensable tool. However, to make the most of Power BI, you must first
Posted on October 29, 2018

Microsoft 365: Bringing Intelligent Security To Business

We are living at an Inflection Point. Digital transformation is the biggest change any of us has seen in our lifetime. Companies invest in technology to optimize operations, transform products,
Posted on October 11, 2018
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Resistance Is Futile

Agile development methodologies are well into the Gartner “Scope of Enlightenment” stage, yet are still misunderstood by stakeholders and teams that don’t yet realize the tremendous value that it can
Posted on October 9, 2018

WEBINAR: Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration Manager It is shocking how little the reporting functionality of SCCM is used in many enterprises. The amount of last minute effort
Posted on October 4, 2018

Agile Transformation For An Insurance Provider

OVERVIEW A large insurance provider in the Northeastern US decided to implement an Agile Transformation initiative across their organization, as part of the implementation of a new policy provisioning system.
Posted on August 15, 2018

Digital Transformation Within Hospitality – A Mobile First Case Study

Digital transformation within the hospitality industry has begun to push innovation in the mobile technology space. As a result, user experience and customer loyalty have become more important than ever
Posted on June 29, 2018
Microsoft Recognition

Oakwood Systems Group Earns Microsoft Recognition

The 2014 Partner of the Year Capitalizes on the Growing Demand for Cloud Solutions   January 20, 2015, St. Louis, MO: Oakwood Systems Group, a business and technology consulting firm,
Posted on October 17, 2017
Guy Kawasaki

Interview with Guy Kawasaki on Marketing

Good information shared by arguably one of the industry’s leaders. Interview with Guy Kawasaki on marketing and building a brand. About Oakwood Since 1981, Oakwood has been helping companies of
Posted on September 7, 2017
Business Intelligence

Actionable Business Intelligence Is Not A Million Dollar Project

Ever heard the phrase “we have a lot of wood to chop?”  Well, we just realized that Business Intelligence is number one on the CIO “must have” list for the
Posted on September 7, 2017
Great IT group

Does Every Organization Need To Be A Best Place to Work?

Do you have a great IT group that is helping to make your company a better place to work?  Here comes the survey so you can sign up your company
Posted on September 7, 2017
Microsoft Licensing Agreement

Another $50K Into the Hopper

Are you up-to-date on Microsoft licensing agreement benefits?  This morning I read another case study about a client who saved a lot of money (around $50K) by replacing a third
Posted on September 7, 2017
Service Manager

Do IT Projects Have Organizational Value?

Several team members were discussing Portfolio Management.  We agreed that one of the main tenets of portfolio management is demand management, and the key to making it work is to
Posted on September 7, 2017
Social Media Power Outage

Reduce the Cost of Social Media Marketing

I read an article the other day that discussed that “free” social media marketing is a terrific time and money hog in the corporate environment, and my own experience bears
Posted on September 7, 2017
Business Intelligence

Driving the Business with Business Intelligence

Let's talk about business intelligence.  The Oakwood Team is pretty jazzed about the conceptual metaphor: “Driving Your Business with BI”.  The spot-on clarity of the comparison—and how important it relates
Posted on September 7, 2017
Six Dollar Haircut

Why Would You Buy a Six Dollar Haircut Anyway?

Ever thought about how nice it would be to get a six dollar haircut?  Let's digress for a minute.  An email arrived this morning with the title “Build a Project
Posted on September 7, 2017
sales prevention department

Managing the Sales Prevention Department

Every time a representative of your company interacts with a customer, they could be reassigning themselves to the Sales Prevention Department.  Every time one of your company's processes or systems touches a
Posted on September 7, 2017
What can Oakwood do for you?

No Competitive Differentiators For Our Custom Development Practice

You probably catch yourself saying to your significant other once or twice a day “So, what can Oakwood do for you?”  We don’t have a unique competitive difference for our
Posted on September 7, 2017
80/20 Rule

80/20 Spending Rule – Get Better 1% at a Time

80/20.  What exactly are we talking about?  As humans, sometimes we make projects so huge that there's no way to get them done.  “We must reduce our IT maintenance budget
Posted on September 7, 2017
IT Teams

Mapping the Customer Engagement – Where Does IT Touch? Where Can IT Touch?

Hey IT Teams.  Got an idea.  Grab a piece of paper and draw a circle in the middle of it.  Label it “Customer.”  Now draw lines out from the circle,
Posted on September 7, 2017

Every Person Affects the Bottom Line

“Undercover Boss,” if you haven't seen it, is a TV show where the head of a big organization goes undercover as a worker, learning from his own unknowing employees and
Posted on September 7, 2017
Master Data Management

Run, Grow, Transform. Why Master Data Management is Important.

Building a strong foundation makes it easier to build a strong house.  If you don't have a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy in place, it will cost you more time
Posted on September 7, 2017